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Summary

A Warhammer Horror audiobook

A disgraced warrior-priest who prowls the Greywater Fastness is forced to confront his past when a message from an old friend sends him on a perilous quest. In an isolated village full of untrusting souls, his darkest secrets threaten to come to light.

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Explore a corner of the Mortal Realms full of dangerous characters and dark secrets in a tale by Josh Reynolds, master of the sinister.

The Story:

Harran Blackwood was a Warrior-Priest of ruthless virtue. Now he's a man with a scorched reputation, prowling the back alleys of Greywater Fastness, content to fight the petty wars of racketeers for survival. But when a desperate message arrives from an old friend, Blackwood is forced to confront a past he thought long buried. 

Summoned to the isolated village of Wald, Blackwood sets off on a perilous trek to ensure the sins of his former life remain forgotten. He soon discovers that Wald is a hostile, secretive place with sins of its own. Deep in the murky marshes, where the cruel chants of village folk echo and the stink of death hovers low, Blackwood must channel his bitterness and rage to defy the ancient darkness that now hunts him before he is devoured, body and soul.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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So good!

Grimdark at it's finest, the story plays out like a bleak noire of sorts with a decent mystery. Completely different look at the Sylvaneth and just what is capable in Age of Sigmar as a setting.

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Dark fantasy meets the Wicker Man and Snake Plissken

This is the best Black Library book I have read and is fantastically dark whilst keeping the reader turning each page with a sense of urgency to discover what the hero/anti-hero will face next. Blackwood has the same attitude towards life as Snake Plissken another anti-hero faced with a formidable task. The sense of foreboding throughout is exciting as are the regular surprises regarding the “dark harvest”. Highly recommended, next for me is C L Werner’s Witch Hunter trilogy. Looking forward to another Blackwood novel!

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Bleak, grimy, dour. Great!

I was not acquainted with the 40k warhammer games/series, and got this book for 3 reasons. The beautiful, mesmerizing cover art, the fact that I needed to add a book during a 2 for 1 sale and nothing else caught my fancy, and because I was in the mood for a creepy, dark horror story.

I'm glad I picked it! This story is relentless in its bleakness, you can just feel evil dripping off it. It is well written, no clunky language and it keeps flowing without any boring bits. The narrators voice also suits the material really well. I was thoroughly creeped out during many parts, which is exactly what I wanted. I won't spoil the story, but it was pretty easy to follow/imagine even as someone who is not familiar with the 40k universe. Just think of it as fantasy horror. I may start listening to the series now too, but it absolutely works as a stand alone novel as well. Especially if you listen to it on dark, rainy nights.

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Formulaic, meandering, ultimately pointless

Dark Harvest contains some memorable, atmospheric writing. However: the by-the-numbers scene structure becomes too obvious to ignore. Harran Blackwood slouches through one 1st person scene after another. You will not fear for his life, nor find yourself inspired by his battle against an inimical world. Each scene's crisis is resolved with a low-drama button press. Our Hero effectively has infinite money, infinite combat skill, infinite help from companions - or he is just too important for the mid-level baddies to kill. Everything leads up to the final confrontation between Harran and the terrible being that has pursued him throughout the book. And is that confrontation exciting, dramatic, cataclysmic? I am sorry to tell you that it is not. This lynchpin scene - this scene that carries the whole weight and promise of the book - turns on the *lamest Bait & Switch ever used in fiction*. I won't spoil this scene. I'll just say that - stories make promises, and authors must respect those promises. *Not* fob off their readers with a lazy 'ah, I'll sort it out in Book 2".

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Fancy a game?..

What a great book, the narration sold every minute of it as real. The dripping dank setting, the dark ominous feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Beautifully immersive, i coupled listening to this with a gentle background of rain throughout listening and it transported me to the dim grime filled world of warhammer.

Don’t hesitate to buy this, the hunt is on!

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best single narration of the WHH books

Jake Urry does a fantastic job with the voices here and elevates the book to an incredibly high level. The story itself too was great and my favourite of the series so far.

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Read this 3 times in 3 months!

this is my favorite book of all times, listen to it with rain souns in the back. trust me.

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An Excellent Entry in Warhammer Horror

I don't think one would need know much about the worlds of Warhammer to enjoy this story. Part detective story, part nature-horror we have a gritty protagonist, a good set up, and a couple of very interesting turns to enjoy. Jake Urry's reading was excellent too, definitely added to the experience.

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Dark, dark, DARK! :D

Awesome and Grimdark! A great look in to not only the Mortal Realms and their underbelly but also the Sylvaneth! Narration is great and it's wonderfully written.

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simply excellent AOS horror!

For fans of the grimdark vibe of the warhammer brought to AoS this is a must listen. a great story and the narration is really appropriate (it gets a little getting used to)

highly recommended!

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  • Jack Aubry
  • 07-02-20

Excellent story of the old world, even in the age of sigmarines

I have been a fan of GW novels and games since the 80’s. I am truly not a fan of the recent conversion of the old world to something that looks like 40k, but is steampunk. That said, this was an excellent story with an excellent reader. The voice at first seems a little over done, but in time it grows on you. The story itself is in the old tradition, and was quite good as both a fantastic story and as horror fiction (left you wondering).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-20

A Dark Swamp-town mystery!

Not a story for the faint of heart, but one I thoroughly enjoyed! This story was an absolute joy to listen to, and I would love to hear more about the epic adventures and downfall of Haran Blackwood! Packed with action, suspense, a fair bit of comedic moments, and a good dose of grindhouse-style horror! I was almost brought to tears towards the end, and am really praying for a series to be made of this amazing character! "How about a game of cards?" 10/10! Major props to both the narrator and the author!

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  • Chris
  • 30-03-20

unfortunately a miss for me.

the story was paper thin and the narrator chose such an odd cadence for the whole thing.

the story consists of the main character thinking things look like deer and telling you how cool he thinks he is.

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  • ClothingMonster
  • 02-02-20

Awesome!

There’s something great about this book that makes me want the story to go on and on. So easy to listen to and follow along.

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  • Michael Shull
  • 19-03-20

Great dark book.

This is a great book that I would love to see made in a TV show of sorts or maybe a move series as such. The reader is amazing in this role and his voice fits the scene of the book well. I would love to hear more Warhammer Horror with him.

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  • jonathan camacho
  • 10-05-20

its all atmosphere. kind of boring

its probably as spooky as reynolds can be but admittedly its not very scary. its grimdark at best. its a fun view at predatory tree kin but i feel theres no real feeling of terror ever present. if your already a warhammer fantasy fan then its great inspiration for possible gaming setting and impliments on table top but as a "horror novel" its weak. good world ,somewhat intriguing story ,and characters ,atmosphere is strong but thats pretty much all this had going for it. got bored half way through and ended up putting it down. narrator is decent ,good voice for horror.

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  • Singap
  • 08-04-20

9.5/10

Exceptional performace combined with fascinating story.

For me, it's first age of sigmar book with that classy 'warhammer adventure' feel to it. Loved it!

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  • Hay Hay
  • 19-03-20

not particularly scary but still great

a horror novel centered around the sylvaneth is a great core concept. u fortunately the book isn't all that scary. the main character is really capable and a total bad ass so your aware from the begining he is never really in danger. this kind of puts damper on the scares.

it is however very entertaining and just spooky enough to scratch that Warhammer horror itch. if you haven't listened to maladiction yet I'd recommend that over this one. one of the best pieces of horror I've read in awhile and probably my favorite Warhammer novel of all gime

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  • snozek
  • 15-02-20

hold on, it builds up!

I am more of a Warhammer 40k fan than Warhammer, so I didn't know almost anything about this realm of fiction. As a result, I was a bit lost for the 1st chapter or 2. But as the book continued, I was pleased to find that the author, Josh Reynolds, was still doing very good work in the fantasy genre's of horror in addition to league grim and darkness of the 41st millennium.

The book almost felt like some sort of 16th century noir. The descriptions of the environment and feel of the story were evocative.

I finished this audio book in maybe 2 1/2 days, maybe less.

I must admit that the reader took a bit of getting used to, but by the end, I had really come to enjoy his performance.

This book just calls out for further novels incorporating the main character.

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  • Makayla
  • 31-08-20

good story bad voice acting

story was hard to follow the voice actor does the same voice for each charater otherwise a good book

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